The team from Aviation High School in Des Moines, Washington won the Creativity Award in the FIRST Championship, a robotics competition hosted in St. Louis, Missouri April 27-30. The international event challenges teams of high school students to build a robot during a six-week period using the core principles of engineering and mathematics.
For the third year, the Aviation High School team was sponsored by waterjet builder Omax (Kent, Washington). Kevin Hay, Omax’s lead electrical engineer, supervised the team as members used the Maxiem 1530 and Omax 2652 waterjets to cut parts for their robot at the company’s headquarters. Omax says it plans to maintain its sponsorship of the team in the future. “Many of these kids will go on to have fruitful careers in an engineering-related field, and it feels good to have been a small part of that,” Mr. Hay says.